It has already been announced and confirmed that Xavi Hernandez will be joining the Qatar club Al Sadd at the end of the season as the veteran midfielder is going to be ending his relationship with Barcelona after having made his debut with the Spanish club back in 1998 when he was only 18 years old.
Xavi Hernandez made over 490 appearances for Barcelona and is even regarded to be one of the best central midfielders of all time as he was a specialist in being able to find empty space anywhere in the pitch and being able to slip a pin point pass to his teammates no matter where they are positioned.
At his 35 years of age, Luis Enrique wants to have a fairly young team and Xavi Hernandez no longer plays the same influential role that he used to have at Camp Nou as he used to have some time ago.
It won’t be easy to find a player who can fill in the gap that is going to be left by the absence of Xavi Hernandez but Luis Enrique is rumored to be setting his sights in Athletic Madrid’s Koke.
Koke is regarded to be as one of the most talented youngsters in Spain and this is why Athletic Madrid decided to keep hold of the 23 year old midfielder with a release clause that is worth €60 million. Even with this very high release clause, money is not a problem for Barcelona as the Spanish club was willing to dish out €94 million and sign Luis Suarez in July of 2014. If Koke truly is on the wish-list of Luis Enrique, the club will not hesitate in signing the young midfielder despite what his price might be.
The biggest obstacle that lies in the path of Luis Enrique and his quest in signing Athletic Madrid’s Koke is the transfer ban that is limiting Barcelona from signing any players for the rest of the season.